Friday, April 17  

If you’ve ever spent a morning agonizing away at a New York Times crossword puzzle, then you know the genius and puzzling intelligence of Will Shortz, even if you don’t know him by name. That’s because Shortz is the New York Times crossword puzzle editor and has been so since 1993. From a young age, Shortz was intrigued by wordplay and puzzles, selling his first puzzle professionally at age 14. Designing his own curriculum through Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program, Shortz graduated in 1974 with a college degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles. On top of working at the New York Times, he is also Puzzle Master for NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” and the author/editor of hundreds of puzzle books. Friday, April 17, Shortz will speak at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center as part of Tulsa Town Hall’s speakers series. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit

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